Groups are smaller communities within the larger ActiveRain. Join groups created by others. or start your own and
get others to join
This is the place to view the past and present contests put on by ActiveRain and its members. Everyone can join the
group and help encourage each other. Current contest will be highlighted posts so it's easy for you all to see. Let it
Curious as to what others in your profession think about a certain product or tool?
AR's community takes the time to leave honest and transparent reviews of their experiences
so you can be a bit wiser about your purchase.
Broken down by categories and subcategories for easy finds
Get an unfiltered look at what real users are saying
Leave a review yourself for others to benefit from
Add new products as you use them and gain points for doing so
ActiveRain University (ARU) provides free on-line training. We coach, consult and support real estate professionals about real estate trends, technology and social media.
ARU Calendar provides class types and registration links
Watch short tutorials on updating your photo, inserting a hyperlink and much more
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Find answers to most FAQ's
Whatever it is you're into and wherever you are, AR surely has a group for you to join.
Brand, off the wall, specific subject matters…whatever it is you're looking for.
Each time you write a post you can syndicate your post to 5 groups.
And if by chance you don't find what you're looking for, start a new group today!
Get your content in front of more eyes
Search by location or type
Feel free to start your own group
Find some that are close to home and close to heart
Each month AR runs numerous contests as a way for our members to engage in activities
that will boost their business and increase their visibility in the community and beyond.
Earn points by partaking in these contest and climb the leaderboard
Do what's good for you and your business by participating
If you have an idea for a contest, just let us know
Stay motivated and on track with new contests popping up each month
Ask a Real Estate Question
Here's another avenue for you to build relationships with others. Share your expertise with someone searching for answers.
Play the teacher role and help someone out today
Your Homepage will alert you of new questions in your state
A wonderful way to open a door to a possible new client
Ask a question yourself to get help
These state pages or hyper-local pages provide content directly related to a specific geographical location.
State, County, City and Neighborhood pages make it easy for consumers to find what they're looking for.
Post your listings, school information, local events, market reports and more
Consumers peruse these pages for information
Farm your niche market and cover all the happenings in your neighborhood
In our on-going efforts towards improving overall posting quality, one of the reoccurring problems we encounter here in the Rain are members posting 'Cut & Paste' content - articles lifted (stolen) from other websites, and regurgitated/dumped onto their blog. For many new members, this act is committed somewhat innocently, out of ignorance and lack of experience. For others, it is a willful, deliberate way to simply game the system, and garner/hoard some cheap points.
Now, I'm not saying that it's wrong for you to quote some outside source material within the context of your blog article, giving rightful credit to your source. But to only write a brief lead-in sentence, and the rest of your post is someone else's intellectual property, doesn't constitute good quality or 'original' content.
There is one surefire way to ensure that you are never accused of plagiarism or infringing on anyone's copyrights: write "only original' content, all the time!" Recognize that good, effective, quality blogging takes time, thought, and commitment. There are no 'quick-fix' shortcuts. Plagiarism is the results of a lazy blogger.
Let me give you some honest advice: If you're not going to invest the time and energy to publish good, quality content on your blog, then don't blog! Seriously, find some other means of marketing yourself.
Call on 'Expireds.' Solicit 'FSBO's.' Put your glamour shot in shopping carts. But whatever else you do, DON'T blog!
While we're dealing with quality content here, let me breach another issue. Blogging, in its purest sense, is an 'engaging' conversation. It's a dialogue between people. It's interactive.
That having been said, "What are you saying in your blog?"
Put yourself in the shoes of the consumer. Go outside the ActiveRain platform, and re-enter as though you were a prospective client searching for information in your particular town or county. If they were to come across your blog, what would they find? Would your articles 'engage' them? Would they invoke a responsive conversation? Does the information you provide through your writing give them practical advice and information? Helpful and knowledgeable counsel?
I'm not attempting to micro-mange your writing here, or force you into some blogging box. Blogging is far too personal, expressive, and creative for that.
One size never fits all in the Blogosphere.
However, many of us come to the blogging table carrying a lot of past marketing baggage. We simply assume what has worked in other mediums will work here as well. Your blog isn't a business card. It's not a newsletter, or a refrigerator magnet.
The goal of your blog is a 'two-sided' conversation. Static websites of the past did ALL the talking. They filled the Internet with cold, lifeless facts and self-promotional overkill. The consumer couldn't ask questions. And even if they could, no one was listening.
Go back through your blog archives. Right now. What do you see?
Does your writing 'engage?' Does 'evoke' a response? Does it stimulate conversation? Are you sharing good, consumer-relevant information?
Or, does it read more like an advertisement? Is it ALL about YOU? Or, are you simply doing ALL the talking?
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Rich Jacobson is a licensed real estate professional providing knowledgeable empowerment and relentless representation for his clients of residential properties and vacant land throughout all of Kitsap County WA and portions of Pierce, Mason, and Jefferson Counties. You can also find him at KitsapLife.com, SOUNDBITEBLOG and Crabbing in the Hood, or e-mail: email@example.com
Providing Knowledgeable Empowerment and Relentless Representation of Real Estate Clients throughtout the Western Puget Sound, including all of Kitsap County WA, and portions of Mason, Pierce, and Jefferson Counties.
"Helping You to Successfully Achieve Your Next Adventure in Life!"
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.